- Religion and Philosophy
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone--And Make a Difference!
I Challenge you
To every person that reads this, I challenge you to perform one act of kindness for someone that you don't know this week--even a kind word or compliment will do. There is so much sadness, strife and corruption that we read about in our newspapers and see on television every day; rarely do we hear about the acts of good people and what they are doing to make this world a better place. I may be an optimist, but I believe that every person---yes, you and I, can make a difference.
An Act Of Kindness Made A Difference
When I was going through a difficult period in my own life, away from my family and friends, and looking for work--I remember a special incident, and how one person's act of kindness affected me. It was my birthday, and I was taking the bus home to an empty apartment. No family or friends would be there to welcome me, and no cake or presents when I arrived. I was sure that this would be the worst birthday ever. When I got off the bus at my stop, a young man was waiting there. He spoke to me, and explained that he had just missed his bus, and was too late now to make it to his engagement. He said that he was a singer, and could not make it on time now to the restaurant that he was to perform at. When I mentioned that I was having a terrible day also, and it was my birthday, he offered to walk me home. He sang to me all the way to my front door--with his beautiful voice--then returned to the bus stop to take an even later bus to his restaurant. His kindness really touched me, and it helped me to realize that each of us has the ability to make a difference in another's life. We may not all have talents(that we know about yet), but even a smile or a kind word can help to brighten someone's day. I did finally find work, at a rest home in the city;and I saw the difference that
I was able to make in other's lives by reaching out through acts of kindness to those I worked with, and to those I served.
So, I challenge you--to step out of your comfort zone today--and try it--just one unexpected act of kindness!